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Mental health and the sports sector

One in four of us will suffer with a mental health problem this year, yet sadly many of us are still afraid to talk about it. Sport England have been busy working with the mental health charity, Mind and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to produce a resource to help improve the mental health of everyone involved in the sport and recreation sector.

Whether you work full-time or are one of the amazing army of sport and recreation volunteers, Thriving at Work: A guide for the sport and physical activity sector offers a fantastic range of ideas to provide mental health wellbeing support.

Criminal justice charities’ funding ‘squeezed’

From Civil Society

Funding for criminal justice charities has been “squeezed” creating a burden for the sector, a charity think tank and consultancy has found. In a report, How are charities influencing change in the prison system?, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) said that a combination of a lack of resources and a rising prison population has put pressure on the charity’s ability to carry out its work in prisons.

The report argued that the lack of funding means charities cannot access prisons. They said this in turn means those funding the charities lose confidence and charities receive even less money, impacting their operations furthermore.

You can read the full article here

You can download the report here

National LGBT Survey: Research report

The Government Equalities Office has analysed the responses to the National LGBT Survey and published the headline findings in 2 publications, a detailed research report and a summary report, as well as a Survey Data Viewer.

You can read or download the documents here

Around 6,700 charities miss deadline to file with the regulator

From Civil Society

Around 6,700 charities missed last week’s deadline to file their annual accounts or annual return with the Charity Commission.

As of 4 February, the Commission’s online search tool showed that 17,129 charities are late on filing their annual reports. This is an increase of 6,759 from 30 January, just before the deadline for many charities.

Last year 7,198 charities missed the 31 January deadline. In January 2017 over 10,000 missed the deadline.

Every year the Commission runs a public campaign to encourage charities to file on time. At the moment there are over 17,000 charities with overdue documents.

To read the full article go to Civil Society

The Impacts of Hate Crimes on Extremism, Cohesion and Communities

This All Party Parliamentary Group Report report summarises hundreds of submissions that were received by organisations working in the area of hate crime work or with an interest in this area. With rising levels of hate crimes across various protected characteristics, and within a shifting and unstable political landscape, the findings paint a picture of real risk that can impact on communities and on social cohesion in our country. The report also reviews the impact of hate crimes on feelings of marginalisation which they exacerbate when the victim feels that they have not got access to justice. This can lead to a rise in extremism and vulnerabilities to it.

Key findings included:

  •  Women describing daily misogynistic abuse being hurled at them by men, including sexually explicit language,
  • Learning disabled and autistic individuals being targeted for abuse and financial and sexual exploitation through ‘mate crimes’,
  • Victims changing their routes to work, suffering mental and emotional difficulties and higher levels of anxiety and nervousness,
  • Victims developing coping mechanisms as though they were acclimatising themselves for future incidents which they believed would take place in the current social and political uncertainty in the country,
  • Lower levels of confidence and self-worth within people with disabilities, given the frequency of abuse and hate incidents that they suffer. Groups working with disabled people mentioned that abuse centred on the self-worth of victims, and that hate was a ‘normalised’ set of experiences for many,
  • Victims of online hate built up behavioural avoidance mechanisms with some even coming off social media altogether, thereby limiting their life chances,
  • How ‘fake news’ produced by politically inclined web-sites in the US, UK and Europe, attempted to create social divisions through amplified online activities. Many of these sites stoked up a ‘them and us’ approach that was disseminated widely across the internet through web-sites and social media platforms.

You can read the full report as an online pdf here

New Acas age discrimination guidance

Over 50s now make up nearly a third of the UK workforce and research shows young and older employees can experience discrimination based on age. To help avoid unlawful age discrimination in the workplace, Acas has published new guidance.

It covers:

  • Overview of age discrimination
  • Key areas where age discrimination may happen
  • Risks of stereotyping people because of age
  • Risks of using ageist language
  • When different treatment because of age may be allowed
  • Making a claim for age discrimination

Read the new age discrimination guidance here

Integrated Communities Action Plan

The Integrated Communities Action Plan contains a range of cross-government measures to support the government’s commitment to build strong integrated communities where people – whatever their background – live, work, learn and socialise together, based on shared rights, responsibilities and opportunities.

Measures include:

  • Creating opportunities for people to mix with those from other backgrounds, boosting English language skills, and supporting migrants to develop a good understanding of life in England.
  • Publishing a new Community Guide to Action ensuring that communities across the country, whatever their local interest, have access to the information and advice to enable them to improve their local area. This could include taking much loved local assets into community ownership.
  • Collaborating with civil society to support refugees to rebuild their lives and integrate in the UK, by taking forward actions that focus on English language, employment, mental health and information for refugees
  • Reaffirming support for faith communities and empowering faith leaders with the confidence and knowledge to meet the changing needs of their congregations. This would include helping them to identify issues like mental health concerns, as well educating them on UK marriage law.

This Action Plan builds upon the proposals set out in the Integrated Communities Strategy green paper and responses to the consultation

For more information go to the Government website

NHS to rollout lung cancer scanning trucks across the country

Lung cancer scanning trucks that operate from supermarket car parks are being rolled out across the country in a drive to save lives by catching the condition early, NHS England announced today.

Around £70 million will fund 10 projects that check those most at risk, inviting them for an MOT for their lungs and an on the spot chest scan that include mobile clinics.

The targeted screening will help improve survival rates by going first to the some of the areas with the highest death rates from lung cancer.

A recent study showed CT screening reduced lung cancer mortality by 26% in men and between 39% and 61% in women.

The roll out has the potential to reach around 600,000 people over four years, detecting approximately 3,400 cancers and saving hundreds of lives across the country.

The NHS Long Term Plan set out an ambition that 55,000 more people will survive their cancer – to achieve this the plan also included an ambition to increase the number of cancers diagnosed at stages one and two from half to three-quarters of cancer patients.

The new projects will last initially for four years and NHS England will then evaluate the results to use as a basis for further roll out. Areas to receive funding include Hull CCG, part of the Humber Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance

You can read the full press release on the NHS England website

You can read more about the roll out in Hull on the Humber Coast and Vale STP website

Dementia risk factors not known by half of population

From the BBC

Half of UK adults cannot identify any key risk factors for dementia, according to a study by Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The charity surveyed 2,361 people and found that only 1% were able to name the seven known risk or protective factors for dementia.

The six risk factors are heavy drinking, genetics, smoking, high blood pressure, depression and diabetes.

Physical exercise is a protective factor against the disease.

The study, entitled Dementia Attitudes Monitor, found that more than half of UK adults now know someone with dementia.

But only half recognised that dementia is a cause of death, and they found that a fifth incorrectly believe it is an inevitable part of getting older.

You can read the full article here 

You can see a pictographic summary on the Alzheimer’s Research UK website 

You can read the full report as an online pdf here

Children’s Commissioner’s annual study of childhood vulnerability in England

This year’s 2018 vulnerability report from the office of the Children’s Commissioner tells us about the numbers of children who are growing up in England with vulnerability and risks that could affect their lives, wellbeing and life chances.

The report finds that there are over 2 million children in England living in families with substantial complex needs, and that of these 1.6 million children have no established, recognised form of additional support. In addition there are multiple other forms of vulnerability, risk and need. This report shows the latest data on 70 aggregate groups that the Commissioner will use to monitor trends, consider aggregate levels of need and frame her work to hear the views of children and young people.

The overview report provides a summary of the underlying data and analysis, which is set out in more detail in four technical reports. A set of slides summarises conversations with young people about the framework. You can also see some of the reports from last year with more discussion of some of the issues in measuring and defining vulnerability.

For more information go to the Commissioner’s website